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One of Pine Valley’s finest is coming to Wisteria Lane.
“[Marcia Cross and I] have a couple of fun scenes,” he tells ABC Soaps In Depth. “I really loved working with her.”
Mathison’s episode is slated to air in late January.
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- Megan Masters
Robin Givens has signed up for a guest role in Suburgatory. The actress will play a rival of Dallas (Cheryl Hines) when she appears in the ABC comedy, Entertainment Weekly reports. Givens's character Tulsa, who is described as a "wolf in zebra print clothing", has known Dallas since their sorority days, but has always attempted to hurt her in any way possible. Givens is expected (more) »
- By Catriona Wightman
Dallas is about to go toe-to-manicured toe with Robin Givens!
EW has learned exclusively that Givens is slated to appear in a March episode of the ABC freshman comedy Suburgatory as Tulsa, a longtime rival of Dallas (Cheryl Hines) from her sorority days, who back in the day made it her mission to wrong Dallas at every given opportunity — whether that meant stealing her hot older boyfriend or her Olivia Newton-John leg warmers. That bitch!
Described as a “wolf in zebra print clothing,” Tulsa is said to be the only person Dallas has ever “said unkind words to without regrets. »
- Sandra Gonzalez
On Monday, The Mortified Sessions premieres on the Sundance Channel. The new 30 minute reality series is hosted by David Nadelberg. Each week, the show will feature a line-up of celebrities going back through their histories to tell embarrassing stories from their childhood.
The channel promises "from awkward childhood photos to profane diary entries, our celebrities will take a trip down memory lane with a shoebox full of embarrassing artifacts and share their stories." But the show won't just be about humiliating anecdotes. It's also about showcasing the memories and personal history of celebrities. With the easy dissemination and access to information these days, you may think you know everything about your favorite celebrity. The Mortified Sessions is out to prove you wrong. After all "behind every celebrity is just an awkward kid".
Two very funny actors - The Office »
This final episode was as uneven as the series as a whole
In a recent interview in the Observer, Larry David said he had stopped writing Seinfeld in 1996 because he was worried he would not be able to maintain the programme's high quality and "didn't want it to fall off".
Is he applying the same stringent quality control to Curb your Enthusiasm? I'm not sure. This eighth series, which finished tonight, was a mixed bag. One episode - Palestinian Chicken - stood out as among the funniest and most provocative David has ever written, and there were other highlights too: a guest appearance by Ricky Gervais, for example, and a scene where a doctor thought Leon was Larry's abusive boyfriend.
But much of it was disappointing: either not funny enough, or retreading old ground. David never fully realised the potential of the show's move to New York; for the most »
- Paul Owen
"Up All Night" and "Suburgatory" were two of the better-reviewed new comedies at the start of this season. They've been drawing pretty consistent ratings so far, which suggests that the people who watch both shows are, for the most part, sticking around.
I'm one of those people. It's my job to watch TV, but these are two shows I'd likely be watching anyway. For the most part, they've delivered at least one big laugh per episode (along with several good medium-sized ones). "Suburgatory's" Jane Levy is one of the real finds of the season, and pros Christina Applegate and Will Arnett have pretty excellent chemistry as new parents on "Up All Night."
Now here comes the "but": Both shows, which are about a third of the way through their first seasons ("Up All Night" has aired nine episodes, "Suburgatory" seven) are still having trouble deciding whether they want »
In a music, a mash-up consists of two (generally unalike) songs that are fused together to create a new song. Some of the best mash-ups have come from artists with the most differences in sound, especially if the mash-up creator can smooth out any of the rough edges that come from joining, say, hip hop with teen pop or indie rock with glittery dance music.
Suburgatory's latest episode, "Sweet Sixteen", can best be described as a mash-up between My Super Sweet Sixteen and Misery, as Tessa's plans for a quiet night in are derailed by her favorite band and George injures his back, allowing Sheila Shay to swoop in like a vulture in a sweatervest and "help him". While it was an improvement over last week's "Charity Case", the first time the show's broadness/energy was a detriment rather than an asset, "Sweet Sixteen" wasn't »
- Shilo Adams
And you thought Tessa might never find anything to like about the suburbs. Turns out wealthy neighbors with connections aren't such a bad thing to have around when you're the birthday girl.
In TVGuide.com's exclusive sneak peek at this week's Suburgatory, Dallas (Cheryl Hines) learns that Tessa's (Jane Levy) 16th birthday party plans include two buddies, pizza, a movie... and that's just not how things are done in Chatswick.
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- Denise Martin
The Adrienne Shelly Foundation (Asf), a non-profit organization dedicated to the memory of adored writer, director and actor Adrienne Shelly, is hosting its 4th annual celebrity charity eBay auction, which kicked-off on the 5th anniversary of Shelly’s passing, November 1, and will run through November 10.
The auction of 60+ items features once-in-a-lifetime celebrity experiences including:
Exclusive breakfast/lunch dates with celebrities like Jon Hamm, Cheryl Hines, Rosario Dawson, Alison Brie, Paul Haggis, Keri Russell, Paul Rudd, Michelle Williams, Bill Hader, Meredith Vieira, Rosanna Arquette, John Slattery, Patricia Clarkson, and more
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If there's one thing that I'd like to see Suburgatory work on, it's the fact that it has weird tonal shifts that come out of nowhere. I actually welcome the fact that after six episodes, this show has so many different avenues and story angles that it could go down, likely producing a solid series in the process; I just think that the show has been a little jerky in terms of when it expresses each side of its identity. The first spurt of Suburgatory episodes may all have funny lines and character aching to be thrown together in varying combinations, but they've also suffered from a clear identity crisis.
In "Charity Case", the show goes back to the broad humor of a couple of past episodes and amps up the cartoon-y nature of the events by about a billion. Having Tessa focus her efforts/negative feelings on the people »
- Shilo Adams
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Question: Ok, stop teasing and start spilling: What will Gossip Girl‘s 100th episode be about? —Diane
Ausiello: To quote a certain song from the seminal 1984 comedy classic The Muppets Take Manhattan, somebody’s getting, somebody’s getting, somebody’s getting, somebody’s getting, somebody, somebody, somebody, somebody, somebody’s getting marrrrieeeed — and that someone is Blair. And the groom? Why it’s none other than Prince Louis. “The big event in the »
- Michael Ausiello
The Suburgatory star uses a recent incident involving makeup to describe how her little girl, 7½, gets out of hand.
“She took a bath the other night, and when I went in there, the bathtub was covered with my makeup,” Hines explains, adding that her daughter immediately denied »
Though Suburgatory has made it its mission to expose some of the cracks in the suburbs during its first three episodes, ranging from the exaggerated vapidity of its residents to the homogenized quality of life, it took on one of the positives in "Don't Call Me Shirley". The suburbs may be a place where everybody knows your name, which subsequently can get dragged through the mud at any given time, but they're usually a rather quiet, safe, secure place practically tailor made for families with children. Like it or not, the 'burbs offers a sense of security that's hard to beat anywhere else.
Which is exactly why George moved Tessa there, considering how she now longs for the sound of police sirens, and why the theft of Sheila Shay's prized collection of Shirley Temple dolls (come back, Lollipop Shirley!) was such a good plot for them to explore. Thus far, »
- Shilo Adams
When Suburgatory's Tessa (Jane Levy) turns the big 1-6, the ABC comedy borrows a page from MTV's My Super Sweet 16 and throws an unforgettable birthday bash. "She wants to have a low-key party with just two friends, pizza and rent a movie," Levy says.
But when Dallas (Cheryl Hines) discovers Tessa's plans, she takes matters into her own hands to throw the party of a lifetime. "It's over the top," adds Levy, who never had a Sweet 16 party in real life but...
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- Rob Moynihan
And the first apple of his eye will be played by…Gloria Votsis! The actress will debut in the comedy’s Thanksgiving episode.
- Lynette Rice
We’re waist-deep in TV’s “Premiere Season”, and several new shows are vying for our viewership and a coveted top spot in the ratings. Below I’ve chronicled my take on the new shows I’ve had an opportunity to watch. Read, enjoy and when you’re done let me know your thoughts on the latest offerings to spill out of that magic glowing box that has taken singular control of your living room.
If you hadn’t heard by now, Terra Nova is the tale of a colony of humans from an environmentally devastated future who utilize a discovered “time stream” to start a new civilization 85 million years in the past.
If there’s one show that seems to be trying the hardest to start a new cult “phenomenon” it’s definitely Terra Nova. From the tireless promotion (doesn’t it seem like they’ve been »
- Paul Johnson
This evening, ABC debuts the latest addition to their Wednesday night comedy line-up, Suburgatory. Like The Middle and Modern Family, it revolves around suburban families. But, will this unusual comedy be a good fit?
Suburgatory follows divorced father George Altman (Jeremy Sisto) who decides to escape New York City and move to the suburbs, so that he can give his 16-year-old daughter Tessa (Jane Levy) a better life. The daughter is amazed to find how perfect her new home is, right down to the neighbors who welcome them into the cul-de-sac. The series also features Cheryl Hines, Carly Chaikin, Katelyn Pacitto, Kara Pacitto, Allie Grant, and Alan Tudyk.
Is this new sitcom worthy of your time? Here's what the critics say:
La Times: "The dialogue has a nice snap, the jokes come from just to the left of where you expect them »
If there's one thing that I took away from the pilot of ABC's newest comedy Suburgatory, it's that the old adage "don't judge a book by its cover" may still have some validity.
It's hard not to judge the suburb that Tessa Altman (Jane Levy) has just moved into with her dad George (Jeremy Sisto) following an embarrassing incident with an unopened box of condoms. The 15-year-old went from the concrete jungle of Manhattan to the perfectly manicured lawns and desperate housewives of a zombie-like cul-de-sac, so you have to feel for the culture shock that she's currently undergoing.
Not helping things are the eclectic cast of characters that populate this currently unnamed oasis of team spirit, custom skylights, and endless Red Bull. Tessa's already been forced on a mall-cation with her "buddy" Dalia (Carly Chaikin) and her mother Dallas (Cheryl Hines), the latter of which seems to have made a connection with George already. »
- Shilo Adams
Yesterday, I posted my review of ABC's "Suburgatory." Now it's your turn. What did you think of Jane Levy, Jeremy Sisto and company? Do you like Tessa? Do you think the fictional suburb is too cartoonish, or amusing enough to ignore how fake parts of it are? Were you troubled by the shaky reasoning behind the move from the city to the 'burbs, or, again, did funny forgive a lot? Do you like Cheryl Hines with a Southern accent and Alan Tudyk with a perma-tan? Did it give you a hankering for sugar-free Red Bull? Have at it. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Considering the directors involved with the episodes of Suburgatory thus far, I had high hopes for the pilot when ABC sent it over along with a bag of upscale men's hygiene products (sorry, ABC - totally the wrong guy for that). Taking its name from a portmanteau of 'Suburbs' and 'Purgatory', Suburgatory has a superb pedigree on paper. It's created by Emily Kapnek a writer and producer for shows like Parks and Recreation and Hung, and she does the same for Suburgatory. Directing the first few episodes of the season are Michael Fresco (My Name is Earl, Better Off Ted, Northern Exposure) and Ken Whittingham, who has directed episodes on just about half of every network sitcom currently running (30 Rock, the Office, Community, Cougar Town). Then add in Alan Tudyk, I'm sorry, the incredible Alan Tudyk, Ana Gasteyer, Entourage's Rex Lee, and Cheryl Hines as a supporting cast and »
- Lex Walker
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